I am not a person that is easily irritated. Okay, that isn’t entirely true. I am not someone that is quickly turned off from things.
This endurance is why although weave has bothered me immensely from time to time, I stay loyal to my inches. But that doesn’t mean I have to quit complaining, here are the Top 10 Pet Peeves When Dealing with Weave; and how to fix them!
Pet Peeve: It’s Expensive!
Purchasing quality bundles can get expensive. Especially the longer lengths, softer textures or more natural you want it to look.
A full lace wig easily ranges from 300-1,000 dollars, and that doesn’t include installation. Frontals are hard to come by for less than $100 each and closures are following right behind. Longer lengths of 18 inches and under rarely dip below $80 a bundle.
So if I got four bundles and a frontal… let’s just say that was the hardest and easier money I ever blew. Before I joined the weave gang, I usually topped off at $200 for hair, and that was braids for the summer.
Now, I can easily spend $350 a hairstyle with or without installation. They said it would be beautiful; they never said it would be cheap.
Solution: Shop Smart!
Quality virgin extensions do not have to break your pockets!
Learn to shop with your wants and your budgets not just IG followers and names! Sites like Private Label Extensions have proper closures starting at 50 dollars! Compared to others who sell closures at a less competitive price with comparable quality.
Once I discovered this gem, I cut my spending by half.
Pet Peeve: Bundles have Unpredictable Quality
It can be scary churning out hundreds to receive hair that is stringy or thin.
Even buying in person, it seems to be hard to guarantee that you won’t get a “bad batch.” Extensions are unlike your real hair who kinks and strengths you already know; each batch can come with their challenges and strengths.
Solution: Try them all!
I know I told you not to buy based off of followers and names, and that still rings true.
Do your research and look around. Read reviews about the hair quality, search youtube for experiences and lastly, try the hair yourself! Shopping around is the best way to find the perfect fit for yourself.
Remember it also isn’t just about the hair. Check up on how well the company treats customers, scroll through their social media or reach out. These are all things to be mindful of when ordering extensions online.
Pet Peeve: There’s Limited Scalp Access
For some people it can be a nuisance not being able to reach their scalp; the weaving techniques make it hard to oil or treat their hair.
Solution: Change the way you weave!
If the limited access to your scalp is an issue for you, try some different approaches.
Get a straight back braiding pattern instead of a beehive, this making oiling or scratching your hair more natural. Second, use a breathable cap that allows your fingers or a comb to get through. And lastly, opt for a wig so that you can remove your hair freely to wash or scratch as you please!
While we are talking about scalps, we can’t avoid these two major pet peeves experienced by almost everyone.
Pet Peeve: It’s Itchy!
The lack of hair and scalp accessibility is lending itself to the issue of itchy hair. Dirt, oil band dandruff can build while hair is protected and covered under the cap, braids, and extensions. It can be pretty hard to reach that itch.
Solution: Find a comb
In the words of Beyonce: “Pat your weave ladies,” but seriously, the itching can get unbearable sometimes, and your fingers may have a hard time getting down to the root of the problem.
Try using the end of a rattail comb to scratch your scalp gently. Trust me; it works wonders! Another hack is to get as close to your scalp as possible and lightly spray hair, while this may seem counterproductive because of what is causing the itching; often hair is itchy because it may be thirsty.
So don’t skimp on hair care.
Pet Peeve: I can barely wash my hair!
Because of the placing of the wefts as well as caps, and potential loosening of tracks or shifting of closures washing hair frequently is a no-go. What about people whose hair gets dirty quickly or suffer from scalp conditions? Don’t worry; I’ve got a solution.
Solution: Clean it anyway!
Cleaning your hair is not a death sentence to your installation.
Using a small amount of shampoo lean your head back in the shower or sink and gently cleanse your hair rubbing in downward motions, rinse clean. Washing can be done at least twice during the installation period without causing damage to the look of the style.
Another option is to get a wig instead of a sew-in for easy and frequent removal and cleansing.
It’s Hard to Find a Stylist
Finding a good stylist to lay your hair can be difficult. Especially finding a stylist that does well at protecting and treating your natural hair and having your weave look like it’s growing from your scalp.
Use Your Resources
Use social media to your advantage.
Hashtag your city or the service you want and spend sometimes going through the profiles and the pictures. Comments, videos, and price lists are great ways to figure out what stylist is for you. Additionally, try using things like StyleSeat to locate a suitable stylist or add a beauty directory page.
It May Cause Breakage
Alright, this one is an incredibly vast and delicate issue within the weaving world. Many people are experiencing thinning throughout hair or nonexistent edges, after taking down an installation.
However, keep in mind that you should be taking down your weave after no more than six weeks and if you have trouble booking an appointment with a professional. Any style has the potential for breakage if not done correctly, don’t blame the weave!
The “Weave Smell”
I cannot count how many times I have received hair from a seller or vendor, and it has a crisp smell. The hair may smell like the packaging or have a weird aroma. This smell may occur because of where the hair originated, the shipping or the packaging of the bundles.
Treat Bundles Before Installation
Brush and deep condition hair before installing to reduce the chances of a nasty smell.
Extensions are Sensitive
Many people purchase extensions because they think of it like a super hair that can be bleached, dyed and curled twenty times over without damage, which is accurate.
However, some hair types like deep wave need to be braided or wrapped up nightly, or you may experience a high volume of tangling; even before installation if stored improperly these bundles can tangle.
Straight and wavy textures need to be wrapped around at night or covered, or you may experience a high rate of shedding, tangling or thinning.
Follow the Directions
You can’t avoid this one. The short answer is to use the right products.
Extensions, store-bought or virgin ones, need to have proper maintenance to have an extended life. Be sure to heed instructions and get sulfate free shampoos and conditioners. Also, get a light serum to apply to dry extensions; be careful not to overdo it.
Finding the right products is comfortable and only takes a quick peek at the website you’re purchasing from, for instance, Private Label Extensions has plenty of articles about hair care and useful products for extensions. You can also use google.
Additionally, take care of your extensions while in use or while stored away.
Pet Peeve: Addictive
Buying, installing and wearing weave can get extremely addictive.
You promise yourself that you will give your hair a break and before you know it, there is an overnight package of fresh bundles on your doorstep. It can be hard to fight the urge to install the inches.
We find ourselves beating our self up over overspending or over wearing weave.
Solution: Will Power
Addiction is a personal battle! The sweet and terrible thing about weave is that once you get it, it’s hard to go back!
The easy switching of length and color can be too tempting to resist. While weave is excellent, your natural hair is fantastic also! Whether it’s long or short, relaxed, natural or straightened by a Keratin treatment, it’s all yours!
Once in a while fight the weave demon that hops on your back and let your natural hair out for a spin.
Catastrophe Turned Comfort
A weave is a beautiful invention that can change your look and change your attitude, though it can be annoying or overwhelming at times.
The thing to remember is that you are in control of your hair and your look. Sew-in extensions should be fun and enhance your style; if wearing them are putting a stress on your pockets or your emotional state you have a few options.
You may want to give it a break for awhile and go back natural or try a different hair company, practice new habits or even switch stylists. Find out what works best for you.